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Think Trees of Another Form!

One of a kind treehouse. One more reason to plant trees!
One of a kind treehouse. One more reason to plant trees!
With winter slowly moving behind us it’s time to rethink spring. And think trees of another form by way of the counties exceptional Tree Canopy Program.

The mission is to “increase and maintain a healthy tree canopy (the layer of leaves, branches and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above) to improve water/air quality throughout Howard County.”


How Trees Work:                                                                                    Trees improve water quality by reducing storm water runoff, intercepting and storing rain water, increasing infiltration through root systems, reducing soil erosion and filtering pollutants:

• Trees improve air quality by absorbing pollutants, intercepting particulate matter, producing oxygen and lowering air temperature by turning liquid water into vapor.
• Reduce atmospheric carbon by sequestering CO2 in their roots, trunks, stems and leaves.
• Increase property value by improving curb appeal and reducing heating and cooling costs by shading buildings and blocking winds.

How The Program Works:                                                                              The County will asses your property to determine eligibility, planting area and the number of trees which may be ordered. If you qualify:

• Homeowner will choose select trees appropriate for their yard;
• Must commit to caring for trees, including watering and deer protection;
• Trees will be delivered and planted by a County contractor in either     Spring or Fall. 

Does Your Property Qualify?                                                                  Properties which have less than 40% canopy coverage may qualify for the Tree Canopy program. Applications for Spring 2014 are now being accepted. For all the details and to determine how to qualify go to: Go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/treecanopy.htm 

 

 

 

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